Former APD detective in court docket for taking pictures, killing teen loses bid for immunity; trial to come back – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — A Fulton County choose determined Thursday {that a} former police officer won’t be granted immunity after he shot and killed an adolescent who was stealing his unmarked patrol automotive.

Now, the case goes to a Fulton County jury.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was on the courthouse to talk to the teenager’s dad and mom after the listening to.

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The teenager’s dad and mom stated the choose’s determination was a victory for them, one they’ve been ready 5 years to obtain.

Over time, they’ve wished to study if the previous detective who killed their son would go to trial or not.

Now a jury will determine if he’s responsible of felony homicide.

“It’s just the start so, I’m gonna pray. I’m gonna pray that we get the justice we’d like,” Gaysha Glover, the sufferer’s mom advised Channel 2 Motion Information.

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Glover’s feelings had been held again throughout the listening to on Thursday morning, however she couldn’t maintain them in anymore whereas chatting with Fernandes exterior the courtroom.

“It’s laborious for me, I don’t know, it’s emotionally laborious for me,” Glover stated.

On Oct. 28, 2019, Glover’s son D’Ettrick Griffin had simply turned 18. He was on the identical fuel station in Southwest Atlanta as a then-Atlanta Police Division detective, Oliver Simmonds, who was off obligation on the time. In line with investigators, Griffin tried to steal the detective’s unmarked patrol automotive.

Simmonds testified on the listening to Thursday, the place a choose had to decide on whether or not or to not grant him immunity.

He admitted in court docket that his life was not in peril when Griffin tried to steal the automotive, however Simmonds then chased the automotive and grabbed the steering wheel.

“My jacket was caught within the automotive at the moment, I felt my life was endangered or I’m gonna get critically injured, that’s once I pulled my gun and I fired,” Simmonds stated in court docket.

Griffin died, and the Fulton County District Legal professional’s Workplace charged Simmonds with felony homicide, aggravated assault, and two counts of violating his oath of workplace.

Prosecutors stated Thursday that Simmonds advised three completely different variations of what occurred that day. Till the listening to Thursday, Simmonds had not even talked about his jacket being caught within the door, not mentioning it till about 5 years after the taking pictures, in keeping with prosecutors.

Griffin’s father, Courtney, advised Channel 2 Motion Information that he was livid throughout all the listening to.

“He simply tried to cowl himself, sure he did, my son didn’t have a gun,” Mr. Griffin stated.

Choose Eric Dunaway stated that the completely different variations of the story had performed a component in his determination to disclaim Simmonds’ request for immunity.

Glover says she doesn’t consider her son was proper to steal a automotive, however she doesn’t consider he deserved to die for it.

“I’d somewhat have been speaking to him behind a glass than have to go to him at a gravesite,” Glover stated.

No trial date has been set for the case but, but it surely’s trying prefer it’ll start in late spring or early summer time.

Griffin’s dad and mom stated they’ll be in court docket for the entire trial, despite the fact that it’s going to make them relive this yet again.

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